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Snow and Storm Advice - March 2018

snow-bmw-500Derbyshire is currently blanketed with snow as Storm Emma and the 'Beast from the East' make their way across the county.

Our advice is to keep an eye on the forecast and if you expect to encounter snow or ice on your journey, make sure you have warm clothing in the car, water, a shovel and a torch.

Take care when driving during wintery conditions and if you see a road closed sign, don’t ignore it. If you continue to drive on a closed road and you have an accident, it may invalidate your insurance.

Road closures and gritting information

02/03/18 11am: Do not attempt to drive on the following roads – due to the severe weather, they are impassable and will be closed for another 24 hours:

  • A515 Buxton to Newhaven
  • A5012 Via Gellia (Pikehall to Newhaven)
  • A5270 Coalpit Lane south of Buxton

A full list of closures can be found on the county council's website.

The Local Resilience Forum, which consists of a range of agencies, is coordinating the planning around the severe weather. Members would like to thank mountain rescue teams, Peak 4x4 and all other volunteers who are supporting the community during this adverse weather.

Please note that snow drifts are covering some road closure signs, so we advise people to check Highways England for full lists of road closures.

Please remember

  • Motorists are urged to avoid travel in the north of the county wherever possible as an increasing number of main roads are impassable due to continuous snow fall and high winds causing snow to drift.
  • Look out for friends, family and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
  • Keep up-to-date with weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend for help.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.

More road closure information

Highways England have information on their website ( and there is also a dedicated East Midlands Twitter account which is updated regularly:

For road closures in the county, visit the county council's website.

Gritting information

If you live in Derby, visit Derby City Council’s website for the latest gritting information.

For gritting information outside of Derby City Centre, visit Derbyshire County Council's website.

The councils also update their Twitter feeds regularly in regards to gritting:

Please consider these avenues before you call 101 in regards to road conditions or closures.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.